April 05, 2018

Choose Life

When you purchase a Choose Life License Plate, all proceeds support life affirming pregnancy centers, maternity homes and nonprofit adoption agencies to assist women with unplanned pregnancies. One of those organizations is Catholic Charities Adoption Services, providing pregnancy counseling, birthparent and adoption services in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Diocese of St. Petersburg and the … Continue reading “Choose Life”

The joys of giving

Read how one stay-at-home mother understands her work in the home as a gift to the Church – via Catholic Rural Life. Recently, I was asked if I see my work, staying home with my children, as a “tithe”—as a gift of myself. In reflecting on this question, I ended up seeing it as a gift to … Continue reading “The joys of giving”

Pope Francis: the presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end with the Mass

Joy was the prevailing theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis for the General Audience for Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Easter Week. The Holy Father reminded pilgrims that the Easter flowers speak to us of joy and gladness – the joy we feel in the flourishing of the Risen Christ, the flourishing of our justification, the … Continue reading “Pope Francis: the presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end with the Mass”

Easter: a time for engagement

Easter is a life-giving season. The optimism of springtime and the excitement of those newly-baptized, professed, and fully-initiated Catholics fill the air. In addition, we share the pews with more faithful worshipers for the celebration of Mass. In fact, Holy Week and Easter Sunday attendance often fills our spaces to the max; ironically, for some, … Continue reading “Easter: a time for engagement”

Promise to protect

The USCCB’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) offers monthly podcasts to help you stay up-to-date with current trends in child protection and victim assistance – featuring experts from fields including prevention, pastoral care of victim/survivors, safe environment training and more.       Two podcasts are now available: “An Overview of the SCYP” … Continue reading “Promise to protect”

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for April: for those who have responsibility in economic matters

On TV and on the internet, we see daily headlines about the economy. “The Dow Jones reached another new high,” or “the economy sputtered again today.” I often feel confused and overwhelmed by these stories. What is the economy? Who is in charge? Am I powerless to change it? It can seem that the economy … Continue reading “Pope Francis’ prayer intention for April: for those who have responsibility in economic matters”

USCCB news

U.S. Bishops Chairmen Grateful for Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairmen for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations and the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth have expressed gratitude for the openness and honesty of the young adults who participated as … Continue reading “USCCB news”